FASHION: Wearable & Salable

On their pre-spring shopping spree, more than 4,400 buyers went to Manhattan last week, saw the new 1960 fashions—and were conquered. Eagerly they hustled up and down from one S.R.O. showroom to another in Manhattan's garment district, where as many as 45 showings per day crammed the schedule. The designers played up what the fashion buffs call "wearability" (sensible clothes that fit in pretty well with any style or season) and "packability" (fresh emphasis on lightweight and non-crush, drip-dry convenience fabrics). There was a smart swing to dresses made from printed scarf material, dresses with matching jackets, and two-layer "tunics,"...

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